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28/12/2018 22:30 GMT

New Year Honours 2019: Stars, Thai Cave Rescuers, Emergency Workers And Anti-Knife Crime Campaigners Honoured

World Cup success, emergency response efforts to 2017 terror attacks and campaigners fighting gang culture are recognised in the latest list.

Dozens of emergency workers who responded to terror attacks in London and Manchester last year are among those recognised in the latest New Year Honours.

As well as charity workers and first responders, stars across the arts, literature, science, sport, business and community work have been recognised for their long term achievements and service to their industry internationally, including Monty Python’s Michael Palin, The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood, and director Christopher Nolan.

The England team’s commendable World Cup efforts over the summer are acknowledged with an OBE for manager Gareth Southgate and an MBE for captain Harry Kane.

While football didn’t come home, the squad reached the semi-final and earned their greatest success since 1990 after finishing fourth in the competition.

Model Lesley Lawson, better known as fashion icon Twiggy, gets a damehood for services to fashion, arts and charity. Record-holding cricketer Alastair Cook receives a knighthood.

Tony award-winning actress Sophie Okonedo is being honoured with a CBE, and Westworld star Thandie Newton an OBE, while Geraint Thomas, winner of this year’s Tour de France, will receive an OBE.

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England football manager Gareth Southgate is honoured with an OBE

More sporting honours follow with an MBE for Paula Dunn, Paralympic head coach and the first woman to be appointed to the role by UK Athletics after she helped take the team to third place during London 2012.

Alongside better-known names stand the seven cave divers dubbed “heroes” for their their gallant efforts in the Thai cave rescue mission in June and July this year. 

Vernon Unsworth and Connor Roe will both be awarded an MBE for services to cave diving overseas, while civilian gallantry awards will go to Rick Stanton and John Volanthen who will receive George Medals. Chris Jewell and Jason Mallison will be honoured with Queen’s Gallantry medals.

In addition to gallantry awards given earlier this year to emergency service workers responding to the series of terror attacks in 2017, 43 ambulance, surgical and police workers have also been recognised including Paul Woodrow, director of operations at the London Ambulance Service who receives an OBE and Theresa Lam, Family Liaison Lead for Greater Manchester Police, honoured with a BEM (British Empire Medal).

36 people died across the Westminster Bridge, Manchester Arena, London Bridge and Finsbury Park terror attacks last year.

Seven firefighters from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue have received Queen’s Gallantry Medals for rescuing vulnerable residents from a fierce blaze at a care home in Cheshunt in 2017.

Campaigners and community leaders working to tackle knife crime, gang culture and domestic abuse are also being honoured by the Queen following a “strategic steer” from Theresa May that the awards system should tackle discrimination and support young people to fulfil their potential.

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Lesley Lawson, aka Twiggy, becomes a Dame for her fashion and charity work

Among the campaigners being celebrated is Mark Prince, who founded anti-gang culture charity The Kiyan Prince Foundation after he lost his son to knife crime in 2006. He will receive an OBE for services to tackling knife and gang crime in London.

His recognition follows recent figures showing the highest number of murders in London in a decade with at least 131 deaths recorded since January 1.

Domestic abuse survivor Andrea Aviet will be honoured with a BEM for services to victims.

The first British winner of the Global Teacher Prize, Andria Zafirakou, has been given an MBE for services to education, as will Diana Parkinson for services to women prisoners. Stephen Addison, founder of social enterprise Box Up Crime has been honoured with a BEM for his work with young people in Barking and Dagenham.

In total, 1,148 recipients from 14 to 100 years old will be recognised at investiture ceremonies at Buckingham Palace throughout 2019, with seven in 10 undertaking “outstanding work in their communities” in a paid or voluntary capacity.

Women make up 47% of all honourees, 12% are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background, while 5% identify as LGBT and 4% consider themselves to have a disability.

Any member of the public can nominate somebody for an award, which can be given to anyone given they meet the criteria. This year saw 3,500 nominations from which 1,148 were selected by 10 independent committees across sectors including health, education, sports and public service.

The prime minister agrees the final list before submitting it to the queen.

MBE’s are the most frequently awarded honours this year, with 422 being given out.